It is Black History Month, popularly known as the shortest month of the year. Use this time wisely to contribute to the Black community in the many ways that are listed below:
1. Acknowledge the works from Black creators.
There is a history of art and works made by Black creators being silenced or tamped down, especially in America. If you know any Black artists or creators, take the time to promote their work and appreciate it.
A popular way to do this is to watch films that circulate around the topic of racial injustice in the Black community whether it is set in the past or present.
Well-known streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu have designated categories for African American films and shows.
2. Support and promote local Black-owned businesses.
Not only would it decrease the racial wealth gap that has been a plague on the Black community since the Jim Crow era, but it would be celebrating Black culture and community.
There has been an upsurge in Black-owned businesses to help decrease unemployment rates and strengthen local economies. Search for Black-owned businesses scattered throughout Madison here.
3. Donate to causes.
There is never too much or too little to donate to any charity or organization. It even helps to spread awareness about donation campaigns surrounding the Black community.
A few organizations in Madison to look into are:
The Black Enterprise Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/black-enterprise-fund
Freedom Inc.: https://freedom-inc.org/index.php?page=Support-Us
The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness: http://ffbww.org/donate/
4. Educate yourself and others.
It does not take a huge amount of time to educate yourself on how to push the movement forward. Knowing what you’re fighting for is one of the most important ways to contribute to change.
As you educate yourself, talk about it as well. Racial issues do not have to be labeled as “uncomfortable topics”, especially when it is a topic that people can learn from.
Remember that Black History Month does not necessarily have to be designated for just one month. For more charitable or educational resources, visit this site: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/